Today's announcements and data releases, 19/08/2019
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JPY Tokyo Condominium Sales (YoY) (JUL)
The annualized change in the value of condominiums sold each month within the capital. Although the Tokyo Condominium Sales report focuses on a narrow portion of Japan's housing sector, the figure is timely, coming out just two weeks after the reporting more, and has served as a leading indicator of the direction of the overall housing market. The number is sometimes used to gauge strength in consumer spending.
As a measure of the real estate market, the figure responds quickly to changes in the business cycle, promptly slowing at the onset of a recession and growing at the beginning of an economic boom. Increasing sales are generally bullish for the economy, as they indicate economic growth to come.
CHF Total Sight Deposits CHF (AUG 16)
CHF Domestic Sight Deposits CHF (AUG 16)
EUR Euro-Zone Current Account s.a. (euros) (JUN)
Summarizes the flow of goods, services, income and transfer payments in and out of the Euro-zone nations to other countries. The report gauges how the Euro-zone nations' interact with the rest of the world. Current Account is one of the three components that make up a country's Balance of Payments (Financial Account, Capital Account and Current Account). Where the other side of the Balance of Payments, Capital and Financial Accounts deal mainly with financial assets and investments, the Current Account gives a detailed breakdown of how the country interacts with rest of the global economy on a non-investment basis.
The Current Account tracks the trade balance (exports and imports for goods and services), income payments (such as interest, dividends and salaries) and unilateral transfers (aid, taxes, and one-way gifts). A positive value (current account surplus) indicates that the flow of capital from these components into the Euro-zone exceeds the capital leaving the Euro-zone. A negative value (current account deficit) means that there is a net capital outflow from the Euro-zone. Persistent Current Account deficits may lead to a depreciation of a currency, as trade, income and transfer payments usually reflect that Euros are leaving the Euro Area to make payments abroad. Conversely, underlying surpluses act as an appreciating weight on the Euro. The Euro-zone has a historically had an export oriented economy and has relied on exports as the engine for economic expansion. To this day, trade surpluses form the foundation of Euro-zone current account surpluses. There are a number of factors that often work to diminish the impact of the Current Account release on the market. The report is not very timely; released monthly at least a month after the reporting period. In addition, many of the components that lead to the final Current Account, such as production and trade figures, are known well in advance. Lastly, since the report reflects data for a specific reporting month, any significant developments in the Current Account should theoretically have been already felt during that quarter.
But just like GDP and Trade Balance, Current Account is central to forecasting long term developments in foreign exchange rates. It gives a detailed picture of how the Euro-zone's aggregate economy interacts internationally, breaking down these exchanges into separate components that can be tracked and often anticipated. Thus the weight of the Current Account has led it historically to be one of the more important reports out of the Euro-zone. The headline figure is expressed in billions of Euros
EUR Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index Core (YoY) (JUL F)
EUR Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index (MoM) (JUL)
CPI is the key gauge for inflation in the Euro Zone. Inflation, simply put, is a decline in the purchasing power of the Euro, where each Euro buys fewer goods and services due to higher consumer prices. The index tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical household might purchase. When the CPI is high, it indicates that significant inflationary pressures exist in Euro Zone economies. This puts pressure on the European Central Bank to raise interest rates. When CPI comes out lower than expected the ECB is expected to lower interest rates, or keep them lower, to encourage economic growth. As a rule, the Bank adjusts rates in order to keep Europe consumer price inflation in the 0 to 2 percent range.The CPI is also expressed as Core CPI, a similar measure that excludes energy and food in the basket of goods for the reason that items are highly volatile in price and can distort the CPI. Some market participants believe that Core CPI provides a better representation of inflation. The headline figures for the Euro-zone Inflation Index are a monthly and annualized percentage change.
EUR Euro-Zone Consumer Price Index (YoY) (JUL F)
USD U.S. to Sell USD45 Bln 3-Month Bills
USD U.S. to Sell USD42 Bln 6-Month Bills